Go online for a chat with the cops about the cuts in county policing

Written by Gerald Isaaman on .

Wiltshire may be one of the safest counties in the country but Wiltshire Police want to hear from you about your concerns and its operational changes being introduced next week.

These follow the government’s austerity cuts, which means that the police must reduce their budget by £15 million over the next four years.

The county’s chief officers along with the chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority are staging a public online chat on Wednesday (October 5).

The live session, to run from 7pm to 8pm, will provide members of the public with an opportunity to ask questions directly to Chief Constable Brian Moore, temporary Deputy Chief Constable Patrick Geenty and WPA chairman Chris Hoare.

The public online chat is a chance for you to ask your local police how the service will be delivered successfully. Submitting a question is simple. Visit www.wiltshire.police.co.uk on the evening and follow the instructions.

Chief Constable Brian Moore said: “Wiltshire is one of the safest counties in the country and we aim for it to be the safest. Our purpose will continue to be to keep the people safe from harm, prevent crime, solve crime and disorder problems, investigate and bring offenders to justice.  

“We are changing the way we work and this includes the introduction of a new style of operational policing from 4 October. I would encourage everyone in Wiltshire to use this opportunity to ask us about our new way of policing and we look forward to talking to members of our local communities.”   

WPA shairman Chris Hoare pointed out: “This is the second public online chat Wiltshire Police will host and it is a good way to engage directly with our public.  Wiltshire residents told us what they want from their police service in a public survey run by the WPA earlier this year.

“We are reflecting this in the changes being made in Wiltshire Police. It is a continuous process and we need feedback from events like this to ensure that we deliver the service our communities expect.

As this is a live online session, chief officers and the Police Authority chairman will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible. However, it may not be possible to answer all questions within the live hour.

So, on Monday 10 October, we will post answers to those questions not answered during the live hour on the Wiltshire Police website.

For more information, visit www.wiltshire.police.co.uk